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Diasporic ethnolinguistic subjectivities: Patagonia, North America, and Wales

Garrett, Peter Donald, Bishop, Hywel and Coupland, Nikolas John Robert 2009. Diasporic ethnolinguistic subjectivities: Patagonia, North America, and Wales. International Journal of the Sociology of Language 2009 (195) , pp. 173-199. 10.1515/IJSL.2009.010

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Abstract

A total of 956 informants with links to Wales — from Patagonia, North America, and Wales itself — completed a questionnaire investigating their Welsh identities and affiliation, their images of Wales, their engagement with Welsh cultural practices, and their perceptions of the ethnolinguistic vitality of the Welsh language and of domain priorities for the use of Welsh. These three groups produced systematic variation across many of the issues in this study. Overall, for example, the North Americans oriented their Welshness to Wales itself, and in particular in the history and heritage of Wales, while the Patagonians and the Welsh anchored their Welsh identity within their own contexts, and with less focus on the history and heritage of Wales. The results offer insights into the complexity of “home” and “diaspora” relationships, historical and geo-cultural differences, and their impact on Welsh cultural authenticity and ethnolinguistic subjectivities.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages > PB1001 Celtic languages and literature
P Language and Literature > PE English
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
ISSN: 0165-2516
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 02:45
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/11723

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